Rabbi, transgender ally speaks at Hillel about trans rights

Rabbi Mike Moskowitz, a transgender rights advocate whose outspoken views on gender identity prompted his ouster from an Orthodox congregation in Harlem, N.Y., spoke Monday at the Granoff Family Hillel Center about his advocacy, Question 3 on this year’s Massachusetts ballot and interpreting religious texts to find support for transgender people in the Jewish community. Moskowitz is an ordained ultra-Orthodox rabbi […]


Naftali Brawer to succeed Jeffrey Summit as executive director of Tufts Hillel

Rabbi Naftali Brawer, a published writer and the chief executive of a London-based think tank, will succeed Rabbi Jeffrey Summit as the Jewish chaplain and Neubauer Executive Director of Tufts Hillel, according to Patrick Collins, Tufts’ executive director of public relations. Brawer has taught in Jewish communities in Chile, Colombia and Venezuela, as well as in London. […]


Merrin Moral Voices hosts Reproductive Rights in Prisons event

Assistant Professor of Sociology Jill Weinberg discussed the reproductive rights and healthcare of incarcerated women at a Merrin Moral Voices-sponsored lecture at Hillel on Wednesday. Merrin Moral Voices is a Hillel initiative that aims to highlight the importance of speaking up on social justice issues through a distinguished lecture series, events and partnerships with student organizations, according to their […]


TCU Senate discusses plans for upperclassmen village, housing lottery reform

The Tufts Community Union (TCU) Senate met last night in the Sophia Gordon Multipurpose Room to discuss themed housing project Capen Village, review the social scene around homecoming and hear a presentation from Associate Director of Housing Operations Matthew Austin of possible changes to the housing lottery system. TCU President Benya Kraus opened the meeting, reporting on the progress of Capen Village, […]


Op-ed: On dialogue

We, the members of Tufts Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), write to update the Tufts community on our campaign to divest from companies complicit in the Israeli occupation. After successfully passing our resolution through the Tufts Community Union Senate on a 17-6-8 vote, we continue to pressure the Board of Trustees into action, namely divestment […]


‘Not Your Grandmother’s Seder’ blends Jewish themes with contemporary theater

On the first page of the program for “Not Your Grandmother’s Seder,” a Passover-inspired cabaret night that took place on Saturday, is a quote from Milton Berle: “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” The show, hosted by Tufts Hillel and directed and produced by sophomores Amanda Freedman and Isabel Silverston, incorporated songs and scenes from contemporary theater as […]


Chelsey Berlin speaks about human rights in the West Bank

Chelsey Berlin, the director of human rights organization B’Tselem USA, discussed human rights conditions in the West Bank and the consequences of the Israeli occupation in Palestine as part of an event hosted last night in the Granoff Family Hillel Center by J Street U Tufts. B’Tselem, established in 1989, is the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories. […]


Senate passes resolutions on janitors, cultural training, discusses Senator stipends

The Tufts Community Union (TCU) Senate met on Oct. 10 in the Sophia Gordon Hall Multipurpose Room to consider several resolutions and supplementary funding requests. Parliamentarian Adam Rapfogel, a sophomore, led the discussion of two resolutions. Senators first considered a resolution affirming the rights of contracted janitors on the Tufts campus to have suitable working conditions and respect from […]


History on the Hill: Tufts Hillel

In the 1970s, there was no Granoff Family Hillel Center, no Rohr Chabad House and no other university-affiliated space for Jewish community members at Tufts. There was only a closet in the basement of Curtis Hall, to which students gained access by removing a refrigerator from it in order to turn it into an office for what […]


Alt-J offers alternative Jewish space on campus

Among fall 2015 incoming students, 11.2 percent identified as Jewish, according to a survey conducted by the Tufts University Chaplaincy. While Tufts Hillel offers one religious and cultural outlet for these Jewish students, the student group Alt-J (Alternative Jews) aims to provide a different option for Jewish students on campus. Formed in winter 2014, Alt-J began when a number of students at Tufts […]


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